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Study Finds One in Five Working Arkansans Lack Health Insurance

APRIL 28, 2005 - Posted at 8:16 a.m. CDT

 

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A study has found that one in five working Arkansans are without health insurance.  That gives Arkansas among the highest rates in the nation for uninsured employees, 19.7 percent.  Nationally, the rate is 16 percent. 

The study from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that in Arkansas, about 226,000 working adults have no health insurance.  Scott Schear, who works for the foundation, said having no insurance can cripple poor families who have to decide if they will pay higher premiums or go without insurance.  He said those without insurance often skip routine screenings for cancer, heart disease and other ailments.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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